Wow, page 2 is srs bsns.
Ken - You have the proper mindset about guns. Most people start off with a natural fear of them, it's only rational. After you shoot, and get familiarized with them is when you start understanding their purpose/use. The fear of a Negligent Discharge (ND) combined with the mindset of "i could kill someone with this" is the proper one to have when handling firearms anyways. When you get the opportunity, go out and pull the trigger sometime. You won't regret it.